Odd and the Frost Giants
In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.
In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezin...more
Notes: It's a delightful read with a simple, yet original story. It knows exactly what it's supposed to be and does it very well.
Odd is a tough little boy. He is physically disabled and shunned by his step-father who pushes him out of his family home, though he refuses to give up. He refuses to stop smiling and it is because of this that he succeeds. Positivity can go a long way and it certainly helps when you stumble across the Gods.
The noise of the blade hitting the thick icicle cracked off the hills around them, making echoes that sounded as if an entire army of men was hammering on the ice…
"Odd and the Frost Giants" is a short, simple, magical and disarmingly beautiful tale that draws from Viking and Norse mythology. This is basically a children's book that features a much nicer version of beloved mythological characters!
The tale introduces Odd, who is odd. Yes, it is odd. *Gaaaah, this is so confusing.* Odd is the n ...more
What a great story. Wonderful to read this one to young children. The story is short and the bo ...more
Or maybe I'm not actually that fickle, and I just like the way his phrasing and ideas are like mainlining s ...more
This tale follows Odd, a young Viking boy, left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world where there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear. And then Odd's destiny begins to change.
The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conqu ...more
I mean, yes, it's written for middle-grade and Thor and Loki are cute and Odin is inscrutable as always and the frost giant is funny rather than scary because, after all, EVERYONE is afraid of Freya's tongue... but it's still a real delight!
I don't care what anyone says about Gaiman. The man can write a classy tale no matter where or what he's writing about. This is, after all, only a retelling of an old story, but it's a very particular and beau ...more
Odd is a young Viking boy who has an adventure amongst a setting in Norse mythology. A fan of American Gods will recognize Gaiman’s voice and a fan of DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon would also like this short work.
The book is about the titular viking boy Odd (meaning "the tip of a blade" and not "strange"), who had a terrible accident after his father died in an equally terrible accident (they are not the most lucky of people), leaving Odd with a disability. He is shunted in the village for being weak until one day he leaves to go back to his father's old hut in ...more
This is the most childish Gaiman story I've read yet and that's saying something. But it's not saying something as negative as some might take it. Odd... is intended for the kiddies.
It's not a terrible introduction for youngsters into the realm of Norse mythology. In it, a crippled boy meets a few anthropomorphic animals who turn out to be outcast gods, who need this ...more
THERE WAS A BOY called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time or place. Odd meant the tip of a blade, and it was a lucky name.
He was odd, though. At least, the other villagers thought so. But if there was one thing that he wasn`t, it was lucky.
Odd is indeed a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy. Some ...more
In the forest he comes across a bear with his paw stuck; he frees it. The bear is grateful, and Odd learns that the bear and his companions, a fox an ...more
It's about a boy named Odd, going on an adventure with a bear, an eagle and a fox...
There was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time or place. Odd meant 'the tip of a ...more
Either way this is a much better presented version of the Norse tale than previous versions - with of course the addition of atmospheric illustrations.
I think for me one of the appeals of Neil Gaiman is his ability to weave tales in style that I can easily get in to - reading only a few pages I fee ...more
Odd was a far better story than The Sleeper and the Spindle. Who would have thought that Norse legends/mythology could be so interesting? In the audio edition, Neil narrates it himself as we follow young Odd who lost his father due to a raid conducted by vikings. In this year, the winter doesn't seem to stop and with struggles in his home with mother, step-father and step-siblings, Odd ventures out towards a hut that was belo ...more
Следващата „Геймън“ спирка обмислям да е „Скандинавска митология“. А някой от вас да я е чел?
Odd, although his name doesn't mean that where he lives, is still actually pretty odd. Nobody gets him. It gets worse when his father dies and he greatly injures his leg. Things get so tough, Odd decides to leave and never come back. But as he does, something happens... Odd meets some gods in trouble. Namely, Odin, Thor and Loki. And he sort of ends up helping them out.
It's a ...more
Grafická podoba knihy je opravdu excelentní, jen jsme museli dětem bránit v potřebě tomu "přidat barvu" - nakonec jsem jim pár stránek okopírovala a mohly se barevně ...more
It brought back memories of my childhood days lying on The carpet reading a fairy Tale about a ...more
Odd, like many of Gaiman's heroes, is an odd ...more
Not that year.
Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard, the world remained unfriendly and cold."
That sounds about like the current winter I'm living through, the absolute worst one for a good 15 years. That includes winter spent far further north. Maybe the frost giants have invaded Asgard again? It certain ...more
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